Green DuBois Work Day

Green DuBois Workday

Green DuBois organized removal of scrap metal from camp last week, with the help of Garrett Pribble, his father, Clifton and brother, Nathan. All told, they hauled off nearly 12,000 lbs of metal, greatly improving the area around the lumber shed and clearing several shelves in the maintenance building. There’s still at least one more load to go, which is planned for later this month. Thank you, all, for your help!

Lenten Work Day – March 23

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Looking for a meaningful Lenten discipline? How about pitching in with family and friends, and making a difference at DuBois Center? Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and help spruce up the grounds. Projects vary depending on the weather and the skills of the workers – carpentry, cleaning, painting and raking are on the list. A hearty lunch is provided.

Check out this flyer for more information. RSVP to DuBois Center by Monday, March 18, at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org. If the March date doesn’t work for you, there will be another Service Saturday on April 13 – or call to set up a different day for your church group!

Upcoming Events at DuBois Center

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There are so many fantastic events coming up soon at DuBois Center! Check out the list below and click on the links for more details. For information about these and other events, or how you can plan your own, contact us at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.
Thursday, March 14: Green DuBois Meeting – Highland
Saturday, March 23: Wrangle & Ride Horse Day – DuBois Center
Saturday, March 23: Service Saturday – DuBois Center
Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31: Father-Son Retreat – DuBois Center
Wednesday, April 10: Nature’s Classroom Spring Season Begins
Saturday, April 13: Wrangle & Ride Horse Day – DuBois Center
Saturday, April 13: Service Saturday – DuBois Center
Saturday, April 27: Green DuBois Stewardship Day – DuBois Center
Sunday, April 28: DuBois Center Thank You Party – DuBois Center
Sunday, May 5: Rustic Block Party for Middle Schoolers – DuBois Center
Monday, May 13 – Thursday, May 16: Christ UCC Dupo Work Days – DuBois Center
Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22: Southern Illinois Art Workshop – DuBois Center
Wednesday, May 29: Summer Camp Staff Training Begins
Sunday, June 9: First Day of Summer Camp 2019!

Participate in Green DuBois Next Saturday

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Join the team and make a difference this Saturday, February 16, when we will remove invasive species, such as Japanese honeysuckle. Invasives are insidious – “choking out” native plants and affecting tree reproduction essential for healthy forests, so we need to remove them to ensure the health of our grounds and native species!
This is a great opportunity to move those muscles and meet and work with others who care about the environment. We’ll work to rescue wildlife habitat, support native plant populations and help ensure the future of DuBois Center’s wonderful woodlands.
No special skills are needed. Dress for the weather – layers recommended – and bring lopping shears if you have them. The minimum age to participate is 16, unless accompanied by a parent. Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to sign up, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Please RSVP by MONDAY, FEB 11.

Our Spring Brochure is Here!

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Spring is a great time of year at DuBois Center! Signs of new life are everywhere and there is so much to do.
Our reservation book is filling with youth groups, school camps, retreats for women, confirmation students, church work days and scout groups. There is still time to plan an event for your church or group, or to get involved in one of the many events sponsored by DuBois Center.
Our Spring Brochure has information about our Father-Son Retreat, Wrangle & Ride, Service Saturdays and more. Click here to view a copy and here for a Reservation Form. You may also register for many of our events online. For more information, contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or email.

Join Green DuBois on Feb. 16

Invasive plants

Join the team and make a difference! Removing invasive species, such as Japanese honeysuckle, is the priority for the day. Invasives are insidious – “choking” out native plants and affecting tree reproduction essential for healthy woodlands. This is a great opportunity to move those muscles, meet and work with others who care about the environment, rescue wildlife habitat, support native plants and help ensure the future of DuBois Center’s wonderful woodlands. No special skills are needed. Dress for the weather – layers recommended – and bring lopping shears if you have them. Minimum Age: 16, unless accompanied by a parent. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by MONDAY, FEB 11.For more information or to sign up, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Stewardship in Action

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The weather was perfect for last Saturday’s inaugural Green DuBois Stewardship Day at DuBois Center. Volunteers split into teams to tackle two projects – invasive species removal and organizing and cleaning up the scrap pile and lumber shed. It was a day full of laughter, learning and fellowship – and a little bit of mud! With both scrap and usable materials sorted into discrete piles and boards stored neatly on shelves, the lumber shed looks like a brand-new building! Targets for the invasive species removal team included bush honeysuckle, autumn olive and multiflora rose. Over three hundred individual plants were removed from the stretch of woodlands from Oak Lodge to Picnic Point. This will allow populations of native plants to recover and protect DuBois Center’s amazing biodiversity. Keep an eye out for more opportunities to join in caring for our little section of Creation!
Interested in joining the Green DuBois initiative? The next Green DuBois meeting will be at the Illinois South Conference Highland office on Wednesday, December 5 at 1:30pm. Join us if you’re interested in environmental sustainability and stewardship, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, or just love DuBois Center!

Fall Work Day – Nov. 3

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Stretch your muscles! Breathe fresh fall air! Hang out with friends and lend a helping hand! Youth groups, families, individuals, and adult fellowships- everyone is invited to our annual fall work day. Projects vary, depending on the skills of those involved and the weather. Preparations for winter, stacking wood, raking leaves, cleaning and painting are on the list, as are a variety of skilled labor projects. The work may not be glamorous, but it really does make a BIG DIFFERENCE!

Click here for a flyer to post and share and here for a typical Work Day schedule. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend and if any of your group members have special skills. We want to be sure to have appropriate projects and a hot lunch ready for you! Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

Fall Work Days Saturdays — Oct 6 & Nov 3

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Get outside, stretch your muscles and make a difference! Gather friends, family or a group from your church for a day of service. Projects vary depending on current needs, the weather and the skills of those attending. Our list is growing and already includes painting, cleaning, weeding, raking, cleaning, tree & brush removal and fence work.

On Saturday, Oct 6 we’ll set-up and prep the grounds for Fall Festival. On Saturday, Nov 3, we’ll tackle whatever is left on our list. Click here for a flier, or for more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Mission Week – May 2018

Work Week 1

It was a whirlwind of activity as volunteers from St. Paul UCC in Belleville, Christ UCC in Dupo and other friends of DuBois Center descended the third week of May. Braving unseasonably warm weather, they tackled a variety of projects around camp – at the boat dock, office, beach house, rustic cabins and beyond. Their efforts have already had a significant impact on the quality of the camping experiences we provide.

We have a new boat dock! A small crew deciphered cryptic instructions, assembled the modular pieces and secured them in place – often finding creative approaches to challenges.

Work Week 3

The south side of the office was overhauled. The siding was removed and replaced, and the garage wall was re-framed and the foundation upgraded. When this team opened the section of the wall by the ventilation fan, they discovered FIVE FEET of dried grass, branches and feathers. The massive nesting area was removed and efforts were made to critter-proof the opening.

The beach house also underwent a major overhaul. The walls were painted inside and out, and the pipe-and-shower-curtain changing partitions were replaced with full-length wooden dividers and doors.

Work Week 2

In all ten cabins in the Rustic Village, the electrical wiring was inspected and upgraded, and the ceiling fans and lights replaced with more efficient, more effective, lower profile fixtures.

In the craft area, railings were super-sanded and painted, and supplies were sorted and organized.

MANY THANKS to the volunteers who dedicated their week to making these incredible improvements at DuBois Center!